Last time, I talked about my recent return to Webtoon with Lore Olympus. My timing was perfect because right after I caught up on that webcomic (171 episodes to be exact), the first webcomic to come out of Webtoon’s recently announced partnership with DC Comics was released.
If you’ve been reading my tweets over the years or have seen my past work at Women Write About Comics (like this one, this one or this one), you’ll know that I’VE BEEN YELLING ABOUT DC COMICS DOING MORE TO REACH OUT TO A BIGGER AND MORE DIVERSE AUDIENCE. I’VE TALKED ABOUT EXPANDING THE MEDIA THEY REACH OUT TO ESPECIALLY BOOK BLOGGERS/VLOGGERS/TOKKERS/GRAMMERS ETC FOR THEIR CHILDREN’S/YA BOOKS. I’VE TALKED ABOUT DC BEING BETTER AT RELEASING THEIR COLLECTED TRADES SO THAT LIBRARIES AND BOOKSTORES COULD HAVE THEM ON THEIR SHELVES. I’VE TALKED ABOUT EXPANDING THEIR DIGITAL REACH…
but I’ll admit that I didn’t think about Webtoon as an option and you know what? It’s a fantastic idea. Webtoon released three episodes of Batman: Wayne Family Adventures a few days ago. They’re self contained stories featuring Batman and members of the “Bat Family”. So what’s the Bat Family? It consists of Batman and the people he cares about, raised and/or mentored such as Alfred, the Robins (Nightwing, Red Hood, Red Robin, The Signal), Batgirls (Oracle, Spoiler, Black Bat, Orphan), Batwing, Lucius Fox and Lucius’ son who I think was Batwing at one time??? (Note: I refused to look this part up because I wanted to see how many I got correct).
(Update: I FORGOT TO INCLUDE BATWOMAN. Also: Lucius’ son’s name is Luke Fox and he was Batwing but to be fair, a Congolese man was the first Batwing).
Anyways, the upside of reading this webcomic is not having to worry about the 80+ history that follows Batman. Instead, it emphasizes the distinct personalities of the Bat fam members as they are put into various situations and interact with Batman. In episode 1, they help move in the newest member of the fam, Duke Thomas aka The Signal, which makes for a great introduction to the series and the characters as we, the readers, get a tour. I adore the sourpuss known as Damian Wayne and I love that he’s not whitewashed!
In episode 2, the Bat fam return unharmed from a mission which means baked goods made by Alfred. However, there’s a last cookie and these superheroes…fight over it. It was fun to read and I loved seeing Batman be silly.
In episode 3, Barbara Gordon aka Oracle tells her Police Commissioner dad, Jim Gordon, all about…well, more like a version of her day. It’s a cute story and yet another fun opportunity to feature the little menace known as Damian Wayne. (This is starting to sound like a Damian stan blog and you know what? Why not).
I had a blast reading these first three episodes and I look forward to future episodes. Congrats to the folks behind it: StarBite A.K.A. Rhett Bloom, CRC Payne, Kielamel “Kiela” Sibal, Lan Ma, C.M. Cameron and Camille Cruz. I haven’t given anything away so go forth and read this for yourself!